After child choked on bus, driver charged with neglect

Posted on October 24, 2013

NAPLES, Fla. — A school bus driver was arrested and charged with child neglect on Friday after a child was choked unconscious by another child on the bus she was driving.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office detectives said that Irena Fulton, 57, “failed to provide any assistance to the victim during or after the Oct. 15 attack.”

According to police reports, Fulton was driving a Collier County Public Schools bus from a Boys and Girls Club to an elementary/intermediate school when the suspect attacked the victim around 7 p.m.

The victim told detectives that the suspect, unprovoked, had put him in a choke hold and choked him unconscious on the bus, reports said.

According to police reports, “at no time did Fulton stop the bus to ask if there was a problem.”

Detectives said that another student assisted the victim off of the bus and onto the sidewalk. According to police reports, Fulton did not get off of the bus to inquire about the seriousness of the injury to the victim, nor did she call 911 or call for medical assistance.

Police said that the bus depot staff learned of the incident after the school called and notified them of it the next day.

Detectives arrested the juvenile suspect in the attack on a felony charge of battery on Oct. 17.

The news recalls a recent incident in Pinellas County, Fla., in which a school bus driver was criticized for not physically intervening when a student was being beaten by three older students on his bus.

Related Topics: driver training, Florida, law enforcement, student violence

Comments ( 13 )
  • Janis

     | about 3 years ago

    To Kevin, about your comment. Knowing the child's names and talking with them, getting to know them showing them you care helps a lot. But in my district we are very short on drivers and some bus routes have a new substitute driver every day. The driver knows nothing about the kids, knows none of their names. The kids don't know you and don't respect you. In fact they don't even listen to you. Sometimes if police are involved, they talk back to the police and don't even listen to them. How do you control a bus like that and even know what's going on back there? The only way is to stop the bus and walk back there. Sometimes that doesn't work. If it does and they settle down as soon as you are back in your seat driving they are back to their antics.

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